Goethe (and Shakespeare) on Google

Marking the start of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Google Book Search has launched a “microsite” dedicated to Germany’s most celebrated writer – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. There, you can learn about his life and travels and, even better, get access to free digital versions of his writings. That’s right, you get to read Faust online for free. The potential rub is that you’ll need to speak German to generally avail yourself of this site, although there are some materials in English. To get more information on the new Goethe site, check out the Google Book Search blog.

Also be sure to see Google’s other microsite dedicated to Shakespeare.

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